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H.R.1897: Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 16 (8 Democrats, 8 Republicans)
Introduced May 8, 2013
Latest Major Action Sept. 9, 2013
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Bill Progress

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Bill Summary

Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013 - Prohibits U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance to the government of Vietnam in excess of FY2012 amounts unless the President certifies to Congress that the government of Vietnam has made substantial progress respecting political, media, and religious freedoms, minority rights, access to U.S. refugee programs, return of confiscated religious estates and property, and actions to end trafficking in persons and the release of political prisoners.

Authorizes the President to waive such requirements if increased U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance would promote the purposes of this Act or is otherwise in the U.S. national interest. Allows the President to waive such authority with respect to: (1) all U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance to Vietnam; or (2) one or more programs, projects, or activities of such assistance.

Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1)the United States should take measures to overcome the jamming of Radio Free Asia by Vietna...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 9, 2013 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Aug. 1, 2013 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Aug. 1, 2013

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 405 - 3 (Roll no. 435). (text: CR 7/31/2013 H5249-5251)

Aug. 1, 2013 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5295-5296)
July 31, 2013 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
July 31, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1897.
July 31, 2013 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5249-5254)
July 31, 2013 Mr. Royce moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
June 27, 2013 Ordered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent.
June 27, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 7, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
May 15, 2013 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Unanimous Consent .
May 15, 2013 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
May 8, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
May 8, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.